Great Barrier Reef Visitors Information

Banking

Tropical North Queensland is home to most major banks that offer a wide range of services including currency exchange. Electronic banking machines operate 24 hours a day at selected locations.

Banking Hours:
9.30am till 4.00pm Monday to Thursday
9.30am till 5.00pm Friday
9.00am till 1.00pm Saturday (Selected banks only)
Traveller's cheques and credit cards are welcomed at most establishments. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at various Bureau de Change outlets around the city or at the airport. Suitable identification may be required for financial transactions

Currency

The currency denominations in Australia are: $5,$10,$20,$50,$100 notes and 5c,10c,20c,50c,$1,$2 coins.

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Drinking Water

Our cities and towns have excellent water supplies and in most cases tap water is fresh and safe to drink. Water sourced directly from rivers and lakes should be boiled, chemically treated or filtered before drinking to avoid stomach upsets.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied throughout Australia at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adaptor/converter is necessary. Please note that power outlets only accept flat three or two pin plugs, depending whether an earth connection is fitted.

Getting There

By Air: The main gateway to Cairns is its airport, which has international, domestic and general aviation terminals, and is serviced by major international, national and state carriers. International visitors can fly direct to Australia with Cairns as their point of entry. Within Australia, Qantas, Qantas Link, Virgin Australia and local charter companies provide regular flights from major southern cities and regional Queensland towns.

By Rail: With five services each week, rail is a great way to access Cairns and the Tropical North with options to suit every traveller. With business class seating throughout, the Tilt Train is a modern alternative ideal for hopping between coastal centres. Cairns is also the departure point for the spectacular Kuranda Scenic Railway

Green Season

The Green Season as it is known over the summer months is often dramatic, wildly beautiful and eagerly awaited by the flora and fauna of the tropical rainforests. Without our annual rainfall, there would be no rainforest and as many visitors discover our "liquid sunshine" doesn't interfere with diving, snorkelling or touring to any great extent. Occasionally the wet season brings low pressure zones that may develop into a cyclone, however the regional tourism is well prepared for any such eventually.

Introduction Videos for Major Towns

Viewing these videos will help you know what to expect when arriving in Tropical North Queensland major cities. Cairns, Palm Cove, and Port Douglas.

Maps

Plot your adventure or simply see where you hotel is located. For maps and weather patterns on this region please click here Maps.

Medical Services

Cairns is has medical services and major hospitals capable of administering advanced and specialised medical care. The region also has ambulance, fire and police services. In-hotel general practitioners (GP) are available for visits and traveller's insurance is recommended.

Stingers and Dangerous Creatures

During our Green Season, large swimming enclosures are employed at popular swimming beaches, which afford protection against dangerous jellyfish stings. These are staffed by qualified Queensland Lifesavers who can provide any information you may require on the spot. The jellyfish are only present on coastal beaches during a limited, defined season and do not interfere with Great Barrier Reef activities such as snorkelling or diving as these take place a distance from the coast and completely out of the habitat of the marine stingers.

What to Bring

Remember to limit the effects of the tropical sun with sunscreen and hats. Pack loose comfortable clothing, walking shoes, swim wear and sunglasses. All venues accept a good standard of dress and you may care to pack a light jacket for evening wear in winter. The domestic electricity is 240 volt, 50 cycles. Don't forget your camera/video camera.